A unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks, the Second World War British Merchant Navy steamship. Diving the Thistlegorm is the most comprehensive guide available including 3D imaging, reconstructions and underwater photography.
As one of the most dived wrecks in the world, you could be forgiven for thinking that everything there is to find out about the SS Thistlegorm is already known. But as the expert team behind Diving the Thistlegorm show in incredible, meticulous 3D and photographic detail, there were and still are mysteries to be solved.
Divers consistently rate the SS Thistlegorm as not only one of the world’s best wreck dives, but as one of the world’s best dives — period. Sitting upright in 30m of clear, inviting Red Sea waters, the ship is packed with the materials of war. Largely complete lorries, trucks, motorbikes, aircraft spares and airfield equipment are crammed into the forward holds and the remains of other vehicles lie amongst boxes of ammunition in the exploded aft holds. Often referred to as an underwater museum, the wreck fascinates visitors for dive after dive.
Diving the Thistlegorm: The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological expertise, technological advances, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. Consciously avoiding theories and diver stories, the book is designed to help divers and others find and appreciate what is actually on the wreck. We hope that it greatly enhances your own explorations of the SS Thistlegorm. For the non-diver, the book provides the next best experience to actually getting wet and seeing the wreck for yourself. The Thistlegorm has the potential to be one of the finest underwater experiences of your life. It can also be a challenging and frustrating place to explore – this book will help you understand what you are seeing and what you still have to see.
‘Stunning’— Diver magazine (review of the original iBook version titled “SS Thistlegorm”)
About the authors of Diving the Thistlegorm
Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Alex Mustard MBE is an award-winning underwater photographer. Mike Postons is a 3D modelling expert.